As I sit here…

Here I am, waiting…
Learning patience everyday!
I sit here and wait.

My day will come.
I just know it, so I wait.
Patience is a skill.

I’m perfecting it.
I get better and better –
Everyday, I wait.

I get discouraged.
But, I never stop learning.
There is a reason.

I don’t know it yet.
But, I will when it happens –
And, I will love it!

So, I patiently –
Wait for that; my best day –
It’s in front of me.

And, as I sit here…
I question, and learn a lot.
Preparing myself.

That day is coming.
It’s just around the corner.
So, I keep the faith.

And, as I sit here…
I start to pray about it, and –
I ask for patience…

…Until that day where –
All my dreams will come true, so –
I sit here and wait –

patiently…


Thanks for reading!

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#MondayMotivation!

I just wanted to share some quotes I discovered last week, to encourage you this week.

“You can overcome anything life throws at you!
Conquer this week!”


Follow YOUR dreams!
These are great New Years’ resolutions! Or, just 4 great steps to live by.
Every day is a chance to be better!

Thanks for reading!
I hope this post gave you some encouragement for your week ahead!
Have a good week!


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Coco!

So, I just had a “weird” experience.

. . .

I just went to the movie theatre here in Chile and watched a Spanish movie (w/o subtitles).

. . .

It might not seem like such a weird thing, but that’s the best word I could think of to describe it.

It made me feel weird because I’ve been living here for 3 months and hearing Spanish everyday, so it’s become normal to me.

But, going to the movie theatre was a similar experience for me that I forgot I was even in Chile.

I just watched the movie in spanish and my brain hardly had to think about it (the words just made sense in my brain).

I mean, sure, there were pictures, which definitely did help, but, even in moments when the people were just standing still talking, I understood what they were saying like it was normal.

It was only after the movie that I realized that I had just watch an entire Spanish movie with no subtitles or translator and I actually understood it.

I actually laughed at the jokes when other people laughed (which is how I knew I was laughing at the right time and how I knew that I actually understood what was happening in the movie).

. . .

So, you’re probably wondering why I’m telling you all this.

Well, one: Because I felt proud of myself and wanted to share it with someone.

And, two: Because I realized that I can maybe inspire someone out there to learn a new language.

. . .

Now that I know that after 3 months of listening and living in Spanish I can watch a Spanish movie and understand it, it gives me hope that I can one day become fluent. And so, that’s what I’m trying to do.

After the movie, I really started trying to listen to people around me and actually respond with full sentences, not just one word. And, it’s actually been so worth it because it makes me feel happy to know that I understand what people are saying and that I can respond and be understood.

. . .

And, that’s why I think everyone should learn another language.

It takes a lot of work and dedication, but in the end you will feel so proud of your accomplishment that you will want to continue to learn the language, and maybe even have the courage to try another new thing.

Thanks for reading! (GracΓ­as para leer!)

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15 things to…

In today’s post, I’m going to give you 15 things to think about before going abroad.

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  1. Don’t be afraid of going abroad!
  2. Don’t think about what you’ll be leaving behind, think about what you’ll get to experience. (you will learn and gain much more than you will be leaving behind)
  3. There’s a big chance that the climate will be different (do some research before packing). This will make your experience abroad much more enjoyable.
  4. Don’t think about what it’s going to be like too much. Let yourself be surprised by things. It will make your experience much more enjoyable, and you will be more open-minded, which will help you learn even more.
  5. Enjoy the journey there, at least as much as being in the country because you might even learn something on the trip there (in the airport or in the bus/plane).
  6. Learn some important words/phrases in the local language. Not everyone will speak your language, and you might want to be able to speak to people instead of always acting things out.
    Charades is fun at the beginning of your trip, but later on you will want to be able to say something, so just learn a few things before you leave (this also makes it easier to learn more while in the country).
  7. Don’t be afraid to speak the local language (it will be one of your most valuable memories, especially if you make a funny mistakes).
  8. A foreign language is an amazing assets to have to show future employers. (every mistakes you make while learning will be worth it).
  9. Culture shock is real (but not scary). It just means that you are aware of your new surroundings and you are adjusting. During the culture shock phase, you can learn a lot about yourself and the country.
  10. Don’t plan too much (just go out and explore anything and everything).
  11. Don’t be too much of a tourist (speak to locals, ask them about fun things they like to do).
  12. Don’t take too many pictures (unless you’re a travel photographer). Try to live in the moment and capture the important things.
  13. Try to overcome jet-lag as soon as possible. This will make your trip (long or short) much more enjoyable.
  14. Stay connected with friends and family back home (talk to them at least once a week). It will make culture shock less painful, and you will be able to tell them the exciting things that you experience the day of, instead of waiting until you get back (but save some stories to tell them about in person).
  15. And, lastly, answer this question: WHY are you going abroad?

Thanks for reading!
I hope this post encourages you to travel abroad & take advantage of your next adventure abroad!

-LiveForAdventure! πŸ™‚